Book Uncle and Me
Perfect! In all of India could there be
a better corner lending library
Book Uncle’s little lending library at the corner of St. Mary’s Road and 1st Cross Street is Yasmin’s favourite haunt. The nine-year-old is determined to read a book a day for the rest of her life, and so she is Book Uncle’s busiest patron! But something terrible happens, and Book Uncle is forced to close down his library. Yasmin is shattered, but she can’t spend too much time moping if she plans to help her friend. Meanwhile, there are other problems afoot, and Yasmin finds herself diving into a story she read recently for answers to her difficulties.
Written entirely in free verse and illustrated by Priya Kuriyan, Uma Krishnaswami’s latest offering to the literary world is peopled with delightful, endearing characters and packed with much charm and soul. Book Uncle and Me won the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) in 2011. A joint initiative by Scholastic and the National Book Development Council of Singapore, the award is an attempt to recognise and celebrate children’s writers of Asian origin and books that reflect Asian experiences.
More about SABA in the coming weeks! In the meantime, go pick up Book Uncle and Me.